Holidays 2020: FCO makes vital changes to travel advisory notice for Britons

After months of advising against all but essential travel, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has made a vital new change to its COVID-19 travel advisory notice. The news comes following Boris Johnson’s announcement that Britons can now travel to 59 countries without the need for a mandatory quarantine period upon their return home.


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The new update to the FCO advice explains: “The Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel.

“Travel to some countries and territories is currently exempted.

“This advice is being kept under constant review. Travel disruption is still possible and national control measures may be brought in with little notice.”

Though Britons are able to travel between select countries without the need for quarantine, there are some which require holidaymakers to follow guidelines upon arrival.

Certain countries, such as New Zealand, still require arrivals from the UK to quarantine for 14-days.

Chairman of the Travel Risk & Incident Prevention Group and travel risk expert Lloyd Figgins said this could cause problems for Britons hoping to visit the country.

He said: “New Zealand is a great example of this as you would still have to quarantine once you get there.

“Even more concerning is the inclusion of countries on the list who currently have a policy that UK travellers are banned such as Greece.”

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Other holiday hotspots included in the list of “safe” destinations are Spain, Italy and Turkey.

Travellers jetting off in the coming months may have to follow additional protocols upon arrival in some destinations.

In Spain, Britons must meet three requirements.

The FCO explains: “You will be subject to the following three requirements: Provide the Spanish Ministry of Health with contact information and any history of exposure to COVID-19, 48 hours prior to travel.


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“You can do this on the Spain Travel Health website or downloadable app.

“It is mandatory for all passengers travelling to Spain to fill out and sign the online form associated with your trip, regardless of your nationality or residency status.

“On completion, you will be issued a personal and non-transferable QR code which you must show (electronically or hardcopy) at airport health controls on arrival.”

Britons must also undergo a “temperature check” and “a visual health assessment”.

Those with travel plans should check the regulations for their destination country before embarking.

However, there were some destinations that did not make the UK list.

The USA, Canada and China were all excluded from the air corridor bridges.

Although some regions were not included in the quarantine exemptions, the FCO has removed its travel advisory.

For visitors hoping to jet off to Canada, the FCO advises: “From 4 July, Canada is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

“The requirement to self-isolate on return to the UK from Canada remains in place.”

Canada, however, is not accepting British travellers unless they are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or close family member of a resident.

The FCO maintains that Britons should not travel to China or the USA unless absolutely essential.

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